twilight

Abandoned Coffee Bus in the New Mexico Desert

Abandoned Coffee Bus in the New Mexico Desert

If it was open I would have gotten a hot cocoa!

I spent three hours roaming the desert in Socorro County, New Mexico on a rural land shoot. I had five properties to get to criss crossing along a 7 mile path. My very last stop was back at the first stop, where I returned to get some sunset and twilight photos of the property. On the drive in I noticed this funky colored school bus up on a small hill. After I got the shots I needed for my client, I trekked a bit across the desert and up the hill to see if I could get a decent photo of the bus. It looks to be not so long ago abandoned from the quality of the signs still, but there are shrubs growing under and around it already.

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Cinematic Drone Video of New Mexico Skies in El Morro

Cinematic Drone Video of New Mexico Skies in El Morro

El Morro by drone video and HDR

If you liked the black & white views of El Morro National Monument I showed you earlier this week, well, this land featured here is for sale and about a 15 minute drive to the monument. Plus, you get these sunset views and on special evenings like this one, a purple twilight sky too! Contact Hemingway Land to make this your home, or second home! I was having to will the clouds away all afternoon, and finally just before sunset a sliver of sky opened up just above the horizon allowing the sun to blaze through for me to get these sunset HDR photos. And to fly my Mavic Pro drone one more time producing one of the best into the sun shots I have made to date.

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Shiprock in the New Mexico Desert Drone Video & Aerial Photos

Shiprock in the New Mexico Desert Drone Video & Aerial Photos

All my brief time in New Mexico I heard of something called, Shiprock.  I heard many things about it.   "It is a spiritual place."  "It is very hard to drive to."  "You have to go there."  I can now say all of those statements are true.  After several wrong turns, accompanied by Jessica, our dogs, and two friends visiting from Florida, I pointed my Jeep Renegade Trailhawk down the correct dirt road and rolled slowly toward this towering rock formation that the day before was visible from 30+ miles away in Arizona.  Twilight was already arriving as we arrived.  The rain held off and provided dramatic clouds for the background of the photographs I took from the surface with my Nikon, and the drone photos and video I took from the air.

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster twilight silhouette - Florida Car Photography

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster twilight silhouette - Florida Car Photography

Going through my archives this afternoon I found this photo from nearly exactly two years ago made at a charity event.  It is of an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster as twilight was falling over Tampa Bay upon a very impressive and expansive intercoastal estate.

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Caloosahatchee River looking purple in long exposure at twilight

Caloosahatchee River looking purple in long exposure at twilight

I have not made many photographs of Cape Coral in my time here for a variety of reasons.  This photo of the Caloosahatchee River at twilight is the start of a series of Cape Coral fine art photographs I will be making available for commercial license usage (on websites, in local marketing materials, etc) and also as fine art prints.  

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St. Petersburg Florida Skyline at Twilight Fine Art Photography

St. Petersburg Florida waterfront skyline in vivid twilight - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/11 ISO 200 5 sec tripod mounted with cable release

Each time I go out to the top of The Pier to make waterfront skyline images like this of downtown St. Petersburg Florida, I think it may be my last since The Pier is scheduled to close in May 2013.  As you can see, its closing will be a great loss for photographers and anyone who enjoys a great vantage point for looking at the sunset over a cityscape.

Finding the last light left over St. Petersburg Florida fine art photography - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/11 ISO 200 5 sec tripod mounted with cable releaseThe Pier is five stories tall with an open roof allowing for the making of clean shots (i.e. not shooting through window glass).  It is often a quiet spot, especially on a weeknight, providing an opportunity to watch the sunset in peace as twilight then night takes over.

St. Petersburg Florida Silhouette Dusk Twilight Fine Art Landscape Cityscape Waterfront

The downtown St. Petersburg Florida waterfront in Silhouette at vivd dusk - Nikon D300 Nikkor 50mm @ f/4 ISO 200 1/200th handheld

This was an image I made quickly while taking Kiki for an extended walk around the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront on a recent Saturday evening.  I was traveling light, just my Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens on my Nikon D300, but even with that lens on was still looking for a possible landscape shot.  With Kiki always in constant motion and having no tripod, I knew my best bet of getting a usable shot was to go for a silhouette of the skyline, which is done by using a fast shutter speed I could easily handhold, even with Kiki always trying to sniff something just out of reach.  The fast shutter speed exposed the bright sky well, but put the foreground buildings and boat into silhouette.